Monday, September 29, 2014

Our Idaho Adventure and More

 This past Monday, I finally painted the little benches I've been collecting for the porch.

I also got the shipment of sunglasses that I am going to be shipping out for Spencer's kick starter campaign, and got started on that.

Spencer has set up our computer so that he can operate it from Korea ... and print the mailing labels.  I talked to him on the phone while he was setting it up, and then watched the monitor as he controlled it, making up labels.  It was sort of freaky to feel so connected to someone on the other side of the planet.  But it was definitely good freaky, we miss those guys!

On Tuesday I put together a bunch of stuff that I will be  selling at the Reclaimologist boutique in Spanish in November, because the head of our group wants them for advertising ...

Dad had his normal temple shift that day, so I was on my own in the evening.

Wednesday was an interesting day.   I had given away my afternoon at work, so that I could get home to make dinner for the missionaries.  Dad had taken my car, as he has to take the huge gondola movers to Logan to move the isles around.  That meant I had Spencer's car, formerly Ben's car, with its ignition issues.  Actually its fine as long as you leave the key in the ignition.  Unfortunately, when I went to the post office to mail the shipment of sunglasses, I turned off the key as normal, and automatically removed it.  YIKES!  after 200 tries, no success ... I called Steve Kew, who I know leaves for work about the same time I do, and he came by and dropped me off work on his way.  Then the girl who came in to work for me, had her boyfriend take me home ... I had him drop me at Payson Market to get the rest of the stuff for dinner.

 We had Navajo tacos, the missionaries were awesome.  The tall one is from Washington and comes from a family of ten, 6 girls and 4 boys, just like us.  The other Elder is from Brazil and is an only child, both amazing young men with strong testimonies. 

After dinner I boxed up the extra food I had made to take to a family in our new ward who just had a new baby.  It was fun to meet their grandmother, and hear about this family who lives in the other part of the ward, that we will eventually get to know.

 At work on Thursday Andy and Candace, who are AndyCandyLoveHouse on Instagram, came in and bought this huge framed tapastry.  They redo/flip old houses ... and just bought the old fancy house in Payson, that Becca sent me info on a few months ago.  They are going to let me come and take before pics sometime this week.  So excited!!

That night, after work, I raced to draper for the Spooky Spark Soiree ... its sort of like Homemaking used to be, back in the day ... making fun crafts and getting to know people.

It was hosted by a gal who lives in a big house above the temple in Draper.  She's a travel agent, and there were over 50 women there doing various crafts.

I had planned to go with Andrea, before I was unable to get off early..  She decorated this top hat, and I made the party hat.  Good times!!  The lady's house was amazing!  Loved it!

 Then early Friday morning Dad and I headed north.  First we stopped at my favorite Church Rummage Sale in Salt Lake, for the Wesley Bell Ringers' fund raiser.  

Then we got to Britt's house is Boise in time for Brittany and me to hit the Rust and Roses preview at the Idaho Fair Grounds.

It was a great show, and Nikki and I were considered going their to sell next year, I was on assignment to check it out.  But after seeing how light the traffic was, and how low the prices were, I've decided its not a good place to sell, but its an awesome place to shop.
 Even Britt found this chair to add to her study.  Trust her to find something modern at an antique show.

 I ran into a LOT of Utah people there... including the gal next to me with the pumpkin beer, who I do not know ... Most of these folks are dealers, and several have been dealers at Treasures and seven of them have been fleaology dealers at one time or another. I later ran into even more Utahans ... so funny.

These shoes that were in Brenda's booth (Just a Bed of Roses) are some she bought from me at the first Acorn Antique show I did in  Ogden, many years ago.  I didn't even know her then ... kind of strange.
On Saturday, Dad went back to the show with me.  I didn't spend as much, and it was a much quicker run through than the two hours Brittany shared with me .... then we hit a couple of antique stores and some second hand stores too.
 Here is Charly sitting in the chair at home, along with the burlap coffee bag pillow that her mom also got from the show.

 Besides the show, we managed to watch 5 movies while in Idaho, including the new Godzilla in Mike's new man cave.  Britt got the amazing entertainment center, (shown below), but had to get a new disc player as their other one didn't fit, so Mike took the oversized DVD player,  got a big screen, took his surround sound speakers, and set up a man cave in the garage, complete with comfy couch, and a small fridge.  The boys invited us to come see the 'theater', and I got hooked on the movie ... no really I did. 

So Movies we saw in Idaho this weekend are, Godzilla, Blended, the new Wolverine, XMen; Days of Future Past and The Love Punch (for which Dad and I are the target audience, with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan, about a older divorced couple who ... ) ... so the action flicks out numbered the romantic comedies ... definitely not a girls' trip, but fun to share with our grand boys!

Besides great shopping and fun movies, we also had great food.  Britt made us pulled pork, rice and veggies the first night, and the second night she made us chicken curry!!  It was like eating in a restaurant both nights.  She's an awesome cook!

On Sunday Dad and I went to sacrament meeting at the local ward, and came home for visiting and the last movie before heading out about 3 for home.  Alex came out and drove his sister up and down the side walk as we were loading up.  It was a great trip, and we will be headed back up that way in October and November ...  October for the BYU game and then November for the next Hunger Games movie.  

Thanks Britt for a great weekend, and for all the adorable grandkiddo hugs we collected!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Week that Began and Ended with Maui Chill

 On Monday, among other things I made this cloche scene of fall/Halloween.  When I took the pics to blog about it, there was a reflection from across the room that makes it look like there's the ghost of the woman on the porch ... how spooky is that?

That night Dad and I took Eszie to see Maleficent which Dad and I had seen twice before, but we all enjoyed it.

We finished off the evening with some frozen goodness from Maui Chill.
Two of our favorite people just happened to be there too, Brandon was working and Kylie was chilling!

On Tuesday it was my monthly temple trip to go to the Jordan River Temple with my friend Arlene.  I also got some junking in, as usual, and we had dinner at Zuppa's as usual.

On Wednesday when I got back from walking with Ginny, I noticed that Dad had just changed the back passenger tire on my van.  We then took it to the tire place, and I walked over to get it before work, after they had supposedly fixed it.

I worked with Gretchen, which rarely happens.  It was a good day,

Until, on the way home I got a flat on the freeway, which was the frosting on the cake, so to speak, since Dad had lost the transmission on his car when he was almost to Cedar City the same day, and it cost him more the $400 to be towed back to the transmission shop in Provo ...
 It was such a long day for him, with lots of lost time, but he's still smiling!
 It was fun to get this picture of our Texas grands!!
On Thursday Dad went over to Price, this time driving Spencer's (previously Ben's) car ... he stopped on the way home to visit his Dad, who was in a great mood.

 I worked again, and at the end of the day, this cute couple, with whom I've made friends, (he's a photographer, and I loan him props from my booths) they are getting married the end of the month and came in to buy a globe to paint black ... they are using it for the 'book' at their wedding and people will sign it with white pens. How fun is that.
On Friday I headed to Salt Lake for more junking, I mean, it is my business, and that makes it work, right?  After a day of that, Dad and I headed to Orem where we met the Heuers and Moe's for dinner.

 Then we went to see Beau Jest at the Hale Center Theater, the play largely takes place around a dinner table .... fun play and a lovely evening, as always with these good friends.

 Saturday morning it was up early and heading north again.  This time it was to see Eva playing in her last soccer game.

 She makes an awesome goalie ... then I took her garaging with me ... she thought these old school desks were kind of funny.

 After dropping her at home I headed to Provo to the Unhinged store that was hosting a flea market, to see several dealers whom I know.

Among other things, I bought this old rusty pitcher for $3.  The thing I love about it is that its just an old tin can, that someone has bent into a pitcher and welded on a wire handle.

I love the ingenuity of it!

 That night Titan and Reagan came to spend the night, though these pictures are from Sunday morning.

They both loved playing with the animal puppets.  Dad and I had a great time having them here, its always fun to get to know ones grand children better.

On Sunday Dad went off to usher at the first two sessions of the Ogden Temple Dedication, at our Stake Center, then he came back and got me and we attended the last session together.  It was a wonderful, calming experience.

 After the dedication Dad and I drove to Pleasant Grove where he had an inventory to oversee.  After a couple of hours (I read in the employee lounge) we headed to Highland for the 'finishing off of the frozen yogurt', as Maui Chill closed it doors for the last time.

Barb and Randy have loved the experience in many, many way, and will miss it, but it never really got on its own two feet, so to speak, and they knew it was time.
 These handsome young men are Barb and Randy's Foreign Refuge Foster Sons ... I've never met two of them, so it was fun to get to meet them.  I read Barb's letters to her two (soon to be three) missionaries, and she talks about what they are doing, so its good to have real live faces to put with their antics. 

... and I thought that Austin (Barb and Randy's second to the youngest) was so funny in this picture I had to  share it.  Behind him are Caleb and Ben Heuer.

So this was the week of Death ... we lost Scott's car for good, the Moes lost Maui Chill .... and  I'm sure if I really tried I could think of one other 'death' ... like, well, I guess I can count the death of the tire I ruined by getting from the fast lane to the right shoulder after it went flat on the freeway last Wednesday .... there was no fixing it, I'm sorry to say!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rain in Floods and Bashing the Toyota

 This past week my Monday started with a walk with LaVern in Genola, before going to Amy's (A former associate in the Reclaimologist group to which I belong) to get raw milk for the last time.  Their dairy will no longer be selling raw milk, per agreement with the government, annoying.  Anyway, I thought Amy's decor was adorable and shot this picture of her autumn themed front porch.

After my visit to Genola, I made up a casserole for my We Can service group, then threw things together to make more ornaments for our tree for the Festival of Trees and spent a few house in Elk Ridge at our We Can meeting and luncheon.
 Later that day, while I was in my room reading, we got a deluge, so I thought it would be fun to get a picture of our drowned lawn.

That evening Dad and I went to our Empty Nesters family home evening group, for what may be the last time.  Since I  have been running it as a ward missionary (we studied Preach My Gospel), and all ward callings have been dissolved with the dissolving of the ward, I'm not sure how it will work out.

Even though everyone who comes regularly is in the same part of the ward with us that was recombined with the fourth ward, to which we all now belong.

Several members said they thought we should keep going anyway and we made assignments for hosting and lessons for next month anyway.

Here I am with Debbie Dockstader, for the first time in 6 months.  She fell down her stairs, and was in the hospital and rehab for 2 months ... its amazing that she is fully recovered and back to work now.  It was so good to see her!

 On Tuesday I did a bit some Autumn welcoming myself.

I then spent the day doing chores and reading.  Dad, of course, had his normal Temple shift and got home late.

On Wednesday morning, before heading to work, I put together Bekie's birthday box, and included a pic of Dad and me, so she would know from whence good things come.  I mailed it on my way to work.

We spent the evening reading in our comfy bedroom chairs, which I find to be very, well, comfortable.  I've started reading the history of Eliza R. Snow, along with the Joseph Smith  Papers volume one, which is his journals, which I've been reading for the last month.  Its interesting to see how the two intersect.

 On Thursday Ginny showed me the house here in Payson where they did some of the filming for the Hallmark movie Dr. Holiday, that is going to be shown on the Hallmark Channel the end of November ... that was fun.

Then we walked over and saw this cute sign that the Marvin's have put up in the middle of their garden ... so funny!  Sister Marvin came out and we talked about the ward boundary changes. They have just been divided out of the fourth ward as we have been divided into the fourth ward.  Her husband is on the high counsel with Dad, and she has two fairy gardens!!  What a fun visit!
While I was at work on Thursday, Emily sent me this picture of our favorite fairy just going in for her doctor appointment and platelet count.  The out come was happy, numbers up, and all are optimistic that her counts will be stable and she will be able to come with her mom and brother for a visit to Utah in late November!!  

After work, Davin and Bri and Dad came by to change cars with me so they could take the van to the first BYU game and I could take their car-o-kids to their house in Spanish for the evening.

After I fed McKenna and was changing her, Addie decided to finish off the apple sauce, by climbing into the saucer and doing the job .... the sight just made me laugh!!
 Since McKenna is still nursing, she pretty much has to be held while standing up when she gets sleepy, unfortunately I cannot stand for more than 10 minutes while while holding any kind of weight.  Thankfully super Darby came to save the day, and fell asleep with the little doll, while I did some reading.  BYU won the game, despite some sketchy reffing, and went up in the coaches poll from 25th to 21st, so that made for a happy ending.

On Friday LaVern met me at the house at 7:30 and we drove to Salt Lake for some awesome junking.  We hit 6 estate and antique sales and spent an hour at the Sugar House DI before having lunch at Cafe Rio and heading back to Payson.
When we got back we decided to run up to main street and watch some of the filming of the 'snowy' TV movie being filmed.

On Saturday morning, while Dad was off on his run, I headed out to do some garaging around Payson.  It took me about an hour and a half to blow through my allotted money.  I found a foot tall ceramic chicken, and since Richard Roderiquez had said he wanted one that size, I just bought it, and took it to their new house as a chicken warming gift!  That way I thought I could get a shot of their new house that backs on our former (and new) ward building.  Richard was so excited he gave me a side cheek kiss, he's such a Brooklyner ... and so guileless, you gotta love him.

 When I got back Dad was back from his first inventory, of two for the day and was  really getting into taking out the windows in the kitchen, to install the new ones.  Trevor showed up after the first and helped him get out the second. ...
 I loved this picture of my oldest boys ...

Didn't they do a nice job?

Later that day Emily sent me this picture of Sam and William in matching duds!  Pretty handsome, aren't they?
That night, after another inventory and a stake wide Priesthood meeting for Stake Conference,  Dad and I went to our evening meeting.  We had really great speakers and the best attendance for an evening conference meeting I remember in this stake.

On Sunday we went to our new (old) building to listen to the broadcast of the Wasatch and Utah Counties Regional Stake Conference presentation.  It was really really good, but they had some broadcasting issues that made it hard to really feel the spirit.   The talks were amazing though, and Dad and I intend to rewatch it.
 That night it was back to Davin and Bri's to celebrate the first of the 'triplets' turning four.  It was actually Elias' birthday.  I loved seeing Addie playing a game on her mom's phone, heck, she's 2, how cute is this!

 Above we see that Eva decorated her gift to Elias, she is such an artist.

Addie was evidently in the mood to be held, so its good that Becca's so strong, because the sight of Reagan's mom holding someone else was just too much for Reagan.

 Then there was the swinging to be done ...

... and the tree climbing too.

 ... and finally it was time to blow out the candles and open the gifts ,,,,

and last of all, it was time to bash the Toyota ...  (Elias couldn't remember Pinata,  but evidently Toyota is easier to remember )....  Happy Birthday to the four year old Elias!